Series: Psy-Changeling #13
Published by Berkley on December 30, 2014
Pages: 442 pages
Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.
For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…
Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she'll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…
Shield of Winter was everything I was looking for from the newer releases of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. There’s so much yes that I want to shout at this story, but I’ll refrain and try to encompass my thoughts within the parameters of this review.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I was iffy about how Shield of Winter was going to be executed. It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with a few of the previous stories within this series by Singh, but I realized that I need to stop being such a worry wort because it sours the great relationship I have with Singh’s writing. Plus, I’m also finding out that my worrying is for naught because Shield of Winter turned out to be so freaking good!
Just like with the other characters in Shield of Winter, I had a hard time believing that Vasic would be able to grab on to the same happiness and life that Kaleb and Judd were able to find. The character development and story progression in which Nalini Singh implemented in both his character and relationship with Ivy, and this series with this installment was as perfect as I could’ve ever hoped to come from the continuation of the Psy-Changeling series.
I loved that with each installment in this series the character(s) featured are placed in a new and totally authentic light that either changes your perspective of them or makes you fall more in love with their story. This was definitely the case with Shield of Winter for Vasic and Aden, although Aden’s story hasn’t been told.
Other than the beautiful and one-of-a-kind romance between Vasic and Ivy, the Psy-Changeling world was again rocked. I found myself semi-permanently stuck to the end of my seat because I really didn’t think that things would work out for the better. Things would happen and my assumption and premonition device would malfunction because there is possibly no way that your mind would be able to come up with the things that Singh had in Shield of Winter. Just like the romance was one-of-a-kind, the story of Shield of Winter was so unique from the others in this series that nothing can prepare you for what’s to come.
Shield of Winter single handedly made me fall deeper love with this Psy-Changeling series, especially with all the issues I found with the last two full-length stories.